NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY – New York: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services (WS) program and cooperating federal state and local agencies have completed a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) entitled, “Bird Hazard Reduction Program: John F. Kennedy International Airport”. The SEIS updates and expands upon the 1994 Final Environmental Impact Statement, “Gull Hazard Reduction Program: John F. Kennedy International Airport”. The analysis was prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Interiors’ Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service Gateway National Recreation Area, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The agencies are providing the Final SEIS for public review at this time.
Bird collisions with aircraft (bird strikes) kill birds, damage aircraft and pose substantial risks to human safety. The SEIS provides information on the nature of the bird strike hazard at JFK, reviews six alternatives for reducing bird strikes, and evaluates the environmental consequences of each alternative. The alternatives analyzed include proposals to conduct bird hazard management activities on an off-airport, including areas within the National Park Service, Gateway National Recreation Area. Proposed off-airport hazard management activities include Mute Swan, Double-crested Cormorant, blackbird, crow, Rock Pigeon and European Starling management within a 5-mile radius of JFK. Actions to address risks from resident Canada Geese have been proposed for a seven-mile radius around JFK.
OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC REVIEW
FINAL SUPPLEMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
BIRD HAZARD REDUCTION PROGRAM: JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Interested parties may view the Final SEIS by clicking on the following links:
The SEIS updates and expands on analyses in the 1994 Final Environmental Impact Statement
Gull Hazard Reduction Program: John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Copies of the SEIS and FEIS may also be obtained by contacting:
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
1930 Route 9
Castleton, NY 12033-9653
Phone: (518) 477-4837
Fax: (518) 477-4899